I have a job where you are responsible for submitting your timesheet to receive your wage. Nobody sends you any bank alerts. You check when your hours are due and submit online and after 7 days you receive it. Pretty neat.
I always forget to submit mine. Many times I write down the hours on a notepad and promise myself to get on a computer, but days pass and I never do. However I know that I’ll get the pay seven days after I submit it. The earlier I did, the earlier I receive my pay.
While I was pondering on this matter, I observed that perhaps the Kingdom of God is fashioned after this same principle.
“Ask and it shall be given you. Seek and you shall find.” Matt. 7:7
“Why aren’t we simply given?” someone might ask.
Truth is, if you don’t ask, no one will give you anything. You have to demand what belongs to you.
Again, reminds me of the story of the prodigal son. He asked what was his. He knew he had a right to an inheritance and wasted no time to claim it. The older son however didn’t even know his right and wasn’t ready to ask. He was waiting for someone to present him a young goat.
My soul, no one will give you even a rat if you don’t ask for it. The kingdom of heaven suffers violence and the violent take it by force (Matt. 11:12)
Healing is yours.
Riches are yours.
Wisdom is yours.
A fine partner is yours.
All things are yours. (1 Cor. 3:21)
But you must demand for them.
I’ll go submit my timesheet.